Bachelor's Programme in Global Development Studies
Social Studies, 1-year Programme
Global Development Studies, 1-year Programme
Language of instruction
On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
describe central aspects of the development of the global political economy from the colonial era to the present, across the North-South axis
compare and contrast different analytical perspectives of political economy and globalisation
explain how development processes are shaped by economic, social, and political power relations at different spatial scales
give an account of central features of different policy regimes and development interventions, and discuss their impact on growth, poverty, and inequality
explain and discuss the role of the state and transnational institutions in global political economy and development processes
discuss key trends in labour markets and financial markets and their impact on development processes in the global North and the global South
discuss regional development processes as well as the political and economic significance of emerging markets in the global economy
This course provides a critical introduction to global political economy, focusing on how power relations impact on development processes and development possibilities across the North-South axis. The course offers an overview of the development of the global economy from the nineteenth century to the present, with a particular focus on the analysis of inequality and unevenness across geographical space and historical time. The course investigates how relations between states and markets have changed across time in the global North and the global South, and how these changes relate to different policy regimes and development interventions at both national and transnational scales. The course also discusses how social power structures based on class, race, and gender shape national and global patterns of development. Development interventions will be critically evaluated in terms of their impact on growth, poverty, and inequality. The role of the state in development processes, labour markets and financial markets are key topics in the course. The mapping of regional developmental specificities is also a central dimension of the course.
Lectures anLectures and group work. Estimated workload is 270 hours.
Mandatory assignments must be passed. See further information in Canvas.
Assessment methods and criteria
3-day individual take-home exam. Graded A-F.
The study program coordinator and the student representative determine the evaluation form, and whether the courses/subjects are to be assessed mid-way or upon completion (cf. the quality system, chapter 4.1. Information about the course/subject will be published in Canvas).